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Samsung´s smartphone 'taboo breaker' Note is a success!
Just released Q1 figures show that The Note - a cross between a phone and a mini-tablet sold surprisingly well. More than 5 million since the launch in October and Samsung says it´s earning nicely on the novel device.

Lots of smart phones nowadays come close to the size to this mini-tablet but the Note can be used for more precise tasks, thanks to its throwback stylus.

Samsung expects to sell 10 million units of the model by the end of this year and plans to introduce more pen-equipped products with different screen sizes. It´s certainly a taboo breaker as industry analysts were unanimous that there was no place for mini tablets.

Oh, and the late Jobs said that 10" was the perfect size, but he was always quick to change his mind in face of the market, so don´t be surprised when Apple releases a mini tablet as well. This size seems much better than the 7" Amazon tablets as it will fit easily in a jacket or a purse.

To save you the trouble: it´s 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm and weighs only 178 gram. That´s not even a third of the weight of the lightest iPad (the old 2) and it has an 8 megapixel camera which will get some usage as opposed to your normal tablet camera which will never be at hand. Speedwise it´s comparable to the new iPad so that won´t limit its functionality.

And yes you can make phone calls with it. If you are happy with 2G it will stay on standby for forty days before you need to recharge!

If you doubt if the Note can easily be operated without help of a pen, even when you don´t have small fingers just watch this movie.
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Interesting concept. I see a need for something sized similar to a diary or little notebook. This fits the bill. Too bad the pen doesn’t work in all the apps. The 5 mil figure is for shipped devices, it’s not clear Samsung sold as many as that.
 
When is the Samsung Galaxy Elephant available?
 
It's a really nice device. I was torn up between the Note and the Nexus and eventually got the Nexus as I wanted a plain Android 4 device but there are days I am wondering if I should have bought the Note.
 
Thanks, will check -- though we don't have accents, you do ;->
 
Try this video +Marc Paul Rubin and you will backtrack on that statement ;)
This by the way is a nice comparison with the 4S. As lots of people will now have a screen about that size it makes sense for most people.
The moment the keyboard and the browser showed up I was sold. A blutooth ear piece will do for making calls http://youtu.be/fGjvCXRU2eQ?t=5m52s
That it runs for two days as opposed to one is great and although this review doesn´t show it, suddenly you have a usable tablet/notebook/navigator always with you.
 
It's only available through AT&T here? Jeez, my partner recently insisted on re-signing with Verizon for 2 or 3 years, just to get a "free" feature phone. Oh well, I'll postpone feeling really angry until Samsung releases ICS, which it's still promising Real Soon Now ;->
 
Ah, I see what you mean about the accent, though in this case, he's also a very sloppy speaker, bordering on a speech impediment. While I'm Bronx-born and raised, there were many words which even I could hardly understand. It's still a very informative comparison review, thanks. Here's a direct link BTW:
Samsung Galaxy Note LTE vs Apple iPhone 4S
 
Yes, my link was direct as well but had a start at a later moment as that showcased my point.
The first video is a fake accent as it gets weaker after a minute +Marc Paul Rubin However its an interesting device and I would like to have one for a week or so to try out. It seems a neat solution as my tablet only travels with me on business trips and I carry a laptop as well then.
 
Ah, that explains the weird behavior of that video! It kept jumping ahead and, at one point, the pause button even failed to function. I was concerned about the integrity of my Flash plugin. Thanks for clearing that up! Anyway, the large screen appeals to me as I prefer to keep my reading glasses in their case. Also I used a stylus for a week or so on a consulting job years ago, and really liked it. As to the "first video is a fake accent," sorry, I'm lost: to which are you referring?
 
Went with my brother to the store... The store guy told that it is the hottest selling high end smart phone in India..... Only Rs 2000 ($40) higher than S2, hence makes sense wrt pricing also

And yes, my bro bought the Note
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